"Working together for a free Cuba"




            ISHR – International Society for Human Rights /
       IGFM - Internationale Gesellschaft für Menschenrechte

       Freedom of Opinion and of the Press for all Cubans
        - Perspectives for a Democratic Change in Cuba -

                A Conference of the International Society for Human Rights,
                          KTC, Königstein/Taunus, Germany. May 5 – 6, 2006
            Held under the Auspices of Professor Hans-Gert Pöttering, MEP
                  Head of the EVP-ED Group in the European Parliament

Preliminary Program

Friday, May 5
11.30 – 13:00 Registration for the Participation in the Conference
                     at the KTC Reception and
                     Lunch with members of the ISHR board in the KTC Restaurant
13.00 - 13.15 Opening and Greetings, Martin Lessenthin, Spokesman of the ISHR

13:15 – 13.45 Opening Speech:
                    What does it mean to be informed or to inform people in Cuba?
                         Frank Calzon, Center for a Free Cuba, Washington D.C.
13:45 - 14:15 Free Media Informations for People Under Dictatorship
                    Voice of America programs for Cuba, Asia and other regions
                     Pedro V. Roig, Director of The Office of Cuba Broadcasting
14:15 – 14:45 Suppression of Freedom of Opinion is a Sign of Dictatorship
                          Holger Haibach, MP, Speaker of the Christian Democrats in the
                     Parliament Human Rights Commission of the Deutscher Bundestag
14:45 - 15:15 Freedom of Press and Freedom of Information for all Cubans
                     Sylvia Iriondo, M.A.R., Miami, USA
15:15 – 15:45 Working for Human Rights and Democracy in Cuba
                          Annette Schwarzbauer, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Team Latin
15:45 – 16:15 The German View on Independent Writers and Journalists in Cuba
                          Erika Steinbach, MP, Human Rights Spokesperson of the Christian
                     Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU)
16:15 – 16:45 Independent Libraries in Cuba
                          Ramon Colas, Founder of the Movement for Independent Libraries,
16:45 – 18:00 1st Panel Transformation Through Freedom of Opinion and Press
                     Moderator: Wilhelm Hölkemeier, Political Editor, Südwestpresse, Ulm
                     Speakers: Katharina Grieb, ISHR, Vienna, Austria
                          Pedro V. Roig, Director of The Office of Cuba Broadcasting
                          Milan Nič, Pontis Foundation, Bratislava, Slovakia
                          Henrik G. Ehrenberg, Editor-in-Chief, Tidningen Kristdemokraten,
                     Stockholm, Sweden
                          Alexis Gainza Solenzal, Director Misceláneas de Cuba, Stockholm,
                          Matthias Nückel, Editor-in-Chief, Neue Bildpost
                          Klaus Kelle, Correspondent, Bild Zeitung, Düsseldorf
18:00 – 19:00 Dinner
19:00 – 20:30 2nd Panel – NGOs and Politicians: International Co-operation for a
                          Democratic Change in Cuba

                     Moderator: Katrin Wittig, ISHR, Germany
                     Speakers: Caleb McCarry, Coordinator Cuba Transition, Department of
                     State, USA (TBC)
                          Dr.h.c. César L. Alarcón, President MCUD International, Baltimore, USA
                          Liduine Zumpolle, Cuba Futuro, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
                          Haydee Marin, PanAmerican Comittee of ISHR, Miami
                          Balazs Aron Kovacs, Freedom House, Budapest/New York
                          Boris Luis Santa Coloma, Todos Unidos and Cuban Social Democrats in
                     Exile, Berlin
                          Jadranka Cigelj, ISHR, Zagreb, Croatia
                          Igor Blascevic, People in Need, Prague, Czech Republic
                          Jochen Langer, ISHR, Germany

Saturday, May 6

08:00 – 09:30 Breakfast in the KTC Restaurant
09:30 – 10:30 The European Policy for Freedom of Press and Human Rights in Cuba
                          Michael Gahler, MEP, EVP-ED Group, Human Rights Commission EP
11:00 – 12:30 Handing over the ISHR Media Award Human Rights 2005
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Witnesses Reports
                          Huber Matos, Former Political Prisoner and Former Comandante of the
                     Cuban Revolution
                          Angel de Fana, Former Political Prisoner, President Plantados
                          Blanca Gonzales, Mother of an Imprisoned Cuban Journalist
15.30 – 18:00 Workshop – Open to Journalists and Human Rights activists

                     1st Workshop: What Can the European Media Do for a Civil Society in

                     Introduction: Carmen Maria Rodriguez, New York Correspondent Radio
                          Alexis Gainza Solenzal, Director Misceláneas de Cuba, Stockholm, Sweden,
                          Christine Frey, ISHR Cuba Working Group

                          2nd Workshop: Possible Transition Programs for Cuba and their effect
                          on Human Rights

                     Introduction: Dr.h.c. César L. Alarcón, President MCUD International,
                     Baltimore, USA
                          Huber Matos, Former Political Prisoner and Former Comandante of the Cuban
                          Edgar Lamm, Member of the ISHR Board

                         3rd Workshop: Medical Apartheid in Cuba
                    Introduction: Laida Carro, President Coalition of Cuban American Women
                         Dr. José Carro, Cuban-American Pediator
                         Dr. med. Reinhard Gnauck, Former President of the International Council of
                    the ISHR
                         Léonie J. Wagner, ISHR Cuba Working Group

18:00 – 19:00 Workshop Reports
                     Reporters: Eng. Maria Elena Morejón, Birgit Schlicke, Manuel Paulus
                     ISHR Cuba Working Group

                     Final Remarks by Martin Lessenthin, Spokesman of the ISHR Board and
                     Chairman of the International Cuba Working Group of ISHR

19:00 – 19:30 Dinner
19:30 – 21:30 Concert for Human Rights
21:30 – 00:30 Human Rights Film Festival

Working language of workshop: English

Authorized by Press Department, International Society of Human Rights (I.S.H.R.)